Reinvigorating Philippine artisan textile

The 7th Likhang HABI Market Fair trains the limelight on the intangible focusing on traditional Filipino weavers to keep the indegenous textile industry alive.

Driven by advocating to encourage more and more people to recognize and patronize locally crafted textile, HABI: The Philippine Textile Council celebrates the rich and diverse tradition of Filipino weaving to sustain the industry now on its 7th run the Likhang HABI Market Fair.

The showcase will happen on the 20th-22nd of October at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City, the Likhang HABI Market Fair, a pioneer in advocacy for communities in the Filipino Artisan trade, will highlight some of the unsung heroes that keep the tradition alive.

HABI Chair Maribel Ongpin shares that this year, they “want pay homage to the very makers of the Indigenous Filipino textile… they empower the local Filipino tradition, culture, and customs to thrive in the modern market.”

Traditional Philippine textile for the modern market

The market fair also aims to let everyone know that despite the generations the practice has been in existence, the idea remains the same – that these hand-woven fabrics are still as fashionable in 2017 like they were decades ago.

The fashion show incorporates how modern Filipino consumers can incorporate hablon and patadyong in day-to-day lifestyle or accents for formal wear.

A learning opportunity for weavers, consumers, and traders

“More than presenting our unique and varied indegenous fabrics, we also aim to educate the public on the importance of supporting our traditional textile industry. We hope to prove to our fellow Filipinos and the global community that indegenous textiles fit very well with the modern lifestyle,” said HABI president Adelaida Lim.

The fair will conduct a series of talks and lectures on cultural appropriation and topics that will help local and global consumers understand the importance of supporting the revival of the local weaving industry.

Since 2009, HABI has been providing the weavers and vendors an avenue to further enhance their skills in creative design and modern marketing by exchanging ideas with consumers, designers, and traders.

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Drew Uy

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